ChargePoint Cellular Network Connectivity for City Fleet
Siemens is providing electric vehicle charging stations for city fleet vehicles in Austin, “part of a turnkey solution consisting of consulting services, hardware and software, installation and commissioning and post-installation support services.”
The Texas activity marks “the first deployment of charging stations for a fleet management application where there are both legacy and current electric vehicles,” Siemens says. The firm’s community multi-level charging station has a 110V NEMA 5-20 receptacle to charge legacy vehicles that do not comply with the J1772 standard connector.
The charging stations offer cloud-based EV charging services via the (Coulomb Technologies) ChargePoint Network. Cellular data network connectivity facilitates expansion “with minimal investment and ease,” Siemens says, “helping to ensure electric vehicle infrastructure remains a viable, cost-effective and sustainable option as more electric vehicles are adopted as a primary mode of transportation.”
Fleet management software will allow Austin to better manage its fleet by providing real-time EV location and charging status through a web portal, and via SMS text and email notifications, as well as usage reports that include greenhouse gas and petroleum savings.
“The networked stations also provide access to reporting metrics that facilitate planning for expansion as usage increases; it also provides a means to cover associated project expenses by offering a method to generate revenue for use of the charging station,” Siemens adds.
“Though the City does not currently plan to make these stations available for public use, they are considering this as a future option.”
Siemens says that its Mobility and Logistics unit “bundles all Siemens business related to management of traffic, transport and logistics,” including “technologies for developing the infrastructure for electric mobility.” Mobility and Logistics is part of the 87,000-employee worldwide Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector.
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Source: Siemens announcement with Fleets & Fuels follow-up